El Paso Program Bulletin April 2015

CHICA POWER FEST
April 18 from 9:30am-3:30pm
UTEP – Business Administration Building  
The focus of the event is to encourage girls to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves, promote healthy lifestyles and make wise decisions. The event will feature informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers, panelists, booth fair and multimedia presentations led by local female leaders on topics such as body image, confidence, peer pressure, media literacy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural identity and bullying. An information fair will highlight booths featuring community groups and local youth resources. Pre-teen and teen girls will discuss the challenges facing girls today and explore positive ways to deal with stress through hands-on creative expression activities revolving around poetry, acting, photography, art and song. Girls will also enjoy dance performances, a fashion show and music entertainment.

For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. To pre-register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chica-power-fest-tickets-16163828446

MODEL CASTING CALL
April 11 from 12pm-2pm
Jose Cisneros Library
Fashion Show Models Needed
Latinitas is seeking models to be in our Butterfly Effect fashion show. Would you like to become a model? Our casting call and model practice will take place at the Jose Cisneros Library (1300 Hawkins) on April 11 from 12-2pm. We are looking for models ages 9 to 22. Models must be available for fitting, rehearsal and fashion show on May 9. For more information, contact us at latinitasep@gmail.com or 219.8554.

YOUTH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The Latinitas team has been invited to host art and self-expression activities at several upcoming community events. We are recruiting youth volunteers to assist kids with art projects:
 
  • KidsPalooza - March 28 from 10am-4pm at Downtown Library (501 N. Oregon) 
  • Be YOUnique Self-Esteem Workshop - April 2 from 4:30pm to 6pm at Judge Marquez Library (610 N. Yarbrough)
  • MAES/SHEP STEM Extravaganza - April 11 from 8:00 am to 4:00pm at UTEP UGLC 
  • Dia de los Ninos - April 25 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at Washington Park
 
To volunteer, please email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.  

 

April 2015 El Paso Volunteer Bulletin

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

VIVA LA MUJER
March 27 from 5:30-8:30pm Cafe Mayapan – 2000 Texas Ave.

To honor Women’s History Month, this event showcases local female talent and celebrates notable women in history. Viva la Mujer will feature an art exhibit and live entertainment. This event will also serve as a scholarship benefit to support educational scholarships for young women leaders with a silent auction and loteria game fundraiser. Volunteers are needed to serve on the planning team to help with promotion, recruiting performers, organizing speakers, decorating, collecting silent auction donations, selling tickets, getting prizes, obtaining sponsorship and organizing the agenda. We are also seeking booth vendors, artists, auction item donations and performers. Volunteers are also needed to assist the day of the special event with set-up, registration or breakdown. To volunteer, please email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.

CHICA POWER FEST
April 18 from 9:30am-3:30pm UTEP – Business Administration Building
The focus of the event is to encourage girls to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves, promote healthy lifestyles and make wise decisions. The event will feature informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers, panelists, booth fair and multimedia presentations led by local female leaders on topics such as body image, confidence, peer pressure, media literacy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural identity and bullying. An information fair will highlight booths featuring community groups and local youth resources. Pre-teen and teen girls will discuss the challenges facing girls today and explore positive ways to deal with stress through hands-on creative expression activities revolving around poetry, acting, photography, art and song. Girls will also enjoy dance performances, a fashion show and music entertainment.

HELP WITH THE EVENT PLANNING COMMITTEE: Join our next planning meeting to be held on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30pm Corner Bakery (on Yarbrough & Gateway) 

-Recruit workshop speakers & entertainment -Recruit sponsors for snacks, door prizes & goody bag items -Invite nonprofits to host informational booths -Help with promotion For more information, contact Alicia latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Latinitas is hosting art and self-expression activities at several upcoming community events. Volunteers are need to assist girls with art projects:
  • KidsPalooza – March 28 from 10am-4pm at Downtown Library (501 N. Oregon)
  • Be YOUnique Self-Esteem Workshop – April 2 from 4:30pm to 6pm at Judge Marquez Library (610 N. Yarbrough)
  • MAES/SHEP STEM Extravaganza – April 11 from 8:00 am to 4:00pm at UTEP UGLC
  • UTEP Volunteer Fair – April 14 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at UTEP Leech Grove
  • Dia de los Ninos – April 25 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at Washington Park
  • Robert Rojas Elementary School Career Day – April 29 from 8:30am to 12:00pm at Robert Rojas Elementary

To volunteer, please email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.

BUTTERFLY EFFECT MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON – Join our Planning Team
Come celebrate Mother’s Day at The Butterfly Effect Benefit where you can enjoy brunch, spa day booths, live entertainment performances, a fashion show, inspirational guest speakers and a silent auction. Guests will feel pampered with spa day booths featuring manicures, facials, mini-makeovers, make-up consultations and swag bags on a first-come, first-serve basis. The funds generated from the event will support our scholarship campaign. For more information, contact us at latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.

MODEL CASTING CALL

Fashion Show Models Needed
April 11 from 12-2pm at Jose Cisneros Library
Latinitas is seeking models to be in our Butterfly Effect fashion show. Would you like to become a model? Our casting call and model practice will take place at the Jose Cisneros Library (1300 Hawkins) on April 11 from 12-2pm. We are looking for models ages 9 to 22. Models must be available for fitting, rehearsal and fashion show on May 9. For more information, contact us at latinitasep@gmail.com or 219.8554.

TEEN LEADERS WANTED – Be a mentor for younger girls
We are recruiting high school girls to serve as teen leaders to mentor younger girls. The group meets monthly one Saturday each month throughout the school year. The program will encourage girls to grow strong, healthy and confident as they develop leadership skills, connect with female role models, learn ways to overcome peer pressure, boost their self-esteem, learn about the importance of education and explore career options. Teen Leaders will serve as a youth advisory board, help with recruitment and promotion, aid with workshop planning, assist our workshop presenters, serve as mentors for girls, guide small team activities and lead icebreakers and teambuilders. To join, complete our online application: http://laslatinitas.com/volunteer/volunteerapplication

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

We are currently recruiting summer interns in the following areas – Marketing & Public Relations, Graphic Design, Web Design, Photography, Video Production, Youth Outreach, Translation and Event Planning. Interns will make a difference in the lives of local girls while gaining valuable hands-on experience, developing their portfolio and building their resume. If you are interested, please email your resume to latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call us at 915.219.8554

Spring Volunteer Opportunities

Join our team by volunteering at our upcoming event. Scroll down for a list of volunteer opportunities and add your name to sign up to volunteer.

Advice By Latinitas

As part of our Women’s History Month Blog-a-thon, we asked Latinitas to write their top words of wisdom. What advice would you like to share with younger girls?

“The best advice I can give young girls is to be your absolute self. Being who you are will help you find your true friends, give you opportunities, and the confidence you need to face anything and everything. AND you’ll be truly happy! Focus on yourself and your future. Prioritize because it will really benefit you in the long run. Above all just enjoy your life, don’t rush to grow up take it a step at a time and go with the flow!” – Ariana Ortega

“The advice I can give to younger girls is to always be yourself, because God made each and every one of us unique. Don’t pretend to be  someone else or try to be someone else. We have a lot to offer, and help others. We must always be kind and appreciate the people who love us and are there for us. I thank God simply for one more day to live and his great love for us. Be the best you can be, enjoy your youth years as much as possible. Don’t stress with school, take your time and be organized. We have to always believe in ourselves no matter the circumstances. God will always help us find a way through no matter what. Live life and enjoy it and cherish those who are always there when you need them, family and friends. I am so thankful to God for giving me the family that I have and my friends. I know we can all make a difference to help other teenagers like us to be confident and believe in themselves. I am also thankful to God because I have one more year of life today and because he is always there with us protecting us. Enjoy each day and be thankful to God in everything, and be glad because being a female is the best thing. We all have a lot of talents and a purpose in this life.” – Vanessa Ramirez

“You are always so hard on yourself! Stop comparing your outfits, body, and personality to other people. You need to learn to love yourself. Don’t try to make others take on the role of loving you before you learn to love you. Be confident! Aim to be the best version of you. If someone else finds your quirks annoying, they can sod off because you are unique and delightful. Secondly, be wary of sketchy friends. It’s great to be a friendly girl, but if said friends have proven to be untrustworthy, please get away from them. This is for your own good! Find kinder friends! They’re not that hard to find! They are there! They want your friendship! Thirdly, please put a greater effort in to your school work. Yeah, math might be hard but, it’s even harder to bring up your GPA and/or learn how to discipline yourself academically if you don’t put the time in. You can do it! Please don’t get lazy! I know it’s easier to watch TV and avoid your obligations, but you’re screwing future-you in the long term.” – Vianey Reyes

“Please, think about your future!! I want to tell you that it won’t be easy. Getting low grades at school is not going to help you. Having too much fun is not going to help you at school.Start getting involved in things that are going to benefit your formation at school. Find new friends that can be helpful for you. Pay attention and respect your teachers because you never know if you will need them. Take care of yourself, respect every one and most important respect your body. Remember that you are becoming a strong women with different types of interests and that you are amazing.” – Ariadne Venegas

“Remember that it’s okay to feel things. It’s the one thing I wish I knew when I was growing up. Even to this day, I forget that feeling emotions is okay. So try not to ever forget that. If you’re sad because of a loss in the family or sad because a member of your favorite boy band quit, it’s okay. You have every right to feel any and all emotions that you feel. Don’t ever let anyone else tell you otherwise. It’s best to ignore when anyone says girls are too “sensitive.” Be proud of your sensitive side. Being able to understand someone else’s feelings and accept that they feel that way is a great thing and something more people in the world need to start doing.  Anger, happiness, fear, nervousness, and anything else. They’re all okay. Just make sure that you feel them 100% because holding them back isn’t going to help you out in the long run. If you want to cry, cry. If you want to laugh, laugh. You feel a certain way for a reason, so let it out. Learning feeling emotions is okay and it’s something that I’ve found so hard to accept after so many years of thinking a different way. It’s the only thing I wish I could tell my younger self.” – Gissel Gonzalez

“I would tell younger girls to study and take advantages of every opportunity they have in life. Do not waste time doing things that will not make you feel proud of yourself all the time. Also, do not let other people tell you, you cannot do something you want. Be brave all the time and fight for your dreams. Always follow your heart and do whatever makes you happy. Love your family, friends and life all the time. No matter how you feel, you are worth a lot more than you think. Remember to enjoy every second of life and spread love.” -Eunice Sanchez

What Feminism Means to Me

During the Latinitas Women’s History Month Blog-a-thon, we asked Latinitas what they think about the topic of feminism. Feminism is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as the  the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. These Latinitas shared their thoughts on what feminism means to them.

Feminism Means Equality
“Feminism to me, is a belief system where you are an advocate for gender equality. Feminism in my life has been played out through me wanting to be seen as “worthy” as men. I feel our society really devalues women and their voice. Being a feminist is wanting a better future, where your daughters and sons do not feel that they have to be forced into a role they are unhappy with just to meet society’s expectations. Feminism to me is wanting to live in a world where you are seen as who you are as a person rather than “just a woman” or a man that does not fit the stereotypical “strong man” role. I think that is important to remember that about half of the world’s people are women, and many of them go through horrendous things, simply because they are a woman. The same thing happens to men who do not meet the profile of a “strong man.” I think feminism is still important today because gender equality is important. People should be treated fairly and unfortunately that is not the case. Girls need to recognize that there is still a lot we are fighting for.” -Jackeline Gomez

Feminism is Still Needed Today
“I absolutely believe feminism is necessary and important in the 21st century and today. There seems to be this really bad stereotype that comes with the word feminism. Although all stereotypes start from something that might have been true at some point, most women are educated and respectful enough to know not to disrespect men because they have the upperhand. The idea behind feminism is to help grow awareness of the unfairness that women are treated with on a day-to-day basis. In order to succeed in doing that, women need to understand that the world has been one way for a long time. Some people are slower to give in to change, especially when they aren’t sure why it is needed in the first place. If feminism weren’t around today, who knows where we would be? We have come such a long way, but we still have so much further to go. Feminism needs to continue for many years to come — and possibly forever — to ensure that women are never treated unfairly again.” – Gissel Gonzalez

Feminism Isn’t Just a Woman’s Issue
“Today, Feminism is seen as a thing of the past, and I haven’t met many Latinas who identify as a feminist. From my point of view, it might be a culture conflict. In the old days, most of the time feminists were predominantly Anglo, but its grown to more than that. Feminism isn’t a woman’s issue, its everyone’s. We are all in the cause together to make it equal for all. Feminism is important for the upcoming generations because women need to keep standing up for their beliefs and rights as human beings. It is being aware of what your true privileges are today.” -Yajanesty Ruano

It is a Movement for Equal Rights
“In my opinion, feminism is the movement to seek equal rights and opportunities for men and women. It is not only employment rights, but in education, political, social and cultural areas. Fighting to have the same right and opportunities is very important because every human being is the same. What feminists do is fight for women’s rights, the right to vote, the right to have a good job, the right to get paid well, the right to be respected, the right to speak up their mind and all the rights women have. Feminism still important today because even though today women have equality in almost everything, there are some things that we need to keep fighting for. For example, we keep seeing that most of the companies have male CEO. It is important to keep fighting to have more opportunities like men do.” – Eunice Miyuki Sanchez Acosta

Remember the Feminists Who Battled for Future Girls
“In this day and age, females are accomplishing more and more in the public arena. However, is important to remember that the freedom women enjoy today in the USA is due to the efforts of past feminism. Without the heroes who battled for our right to vote and to enter the workplace, females living today would be unable to go after their dreams. The past is never dead. Remember feminists like Susan B. Anthony [a suffragette] battled for future girls just like us.” – Mariel

Being a Feminist is For Everyone
“Being a feminism is the most important title that I could ever give myself. I seek to improve the lives of others via the use of equality. I actively believe that everyone, who is qualified, should get the chance to do what they want without feeling constricted by societal norms. Let’s start out by defining this term. Don’t let the fem- suffix fool you, feminism is for everyone. Even though the movement did at first seek to expand on the rights of women (such as the right to vote), modern feminism has emerged to become an egalitarian movement. It seeks for the equality of all the genders. Feminism is important because there is a huge gender bias system currently in place. Women are systematically paid less. Rape victims are constantly being discredited. Men are taught not to be sensitive.  There are so many awful gender stereotypes that we are assigned at birth. It is relevant and I wish that people would stop fighting it so much. Let’s also talk about the common misconceptions about feminism. If a woman wants to be a mother and get married then she is more than allowed to do whatever her heart pleases. Feminists don’t believe in infringing the rights of other women when it comes to making their own decisions.” – Vianey Reyes

Upcoming Events

UPCOMING EVENTS: Chica Power Fest (April 18) El Paso, TX & Code Chica (April 18) Austin, TX

CHICA POWER FEST
April 18 from 9:30am-3:30pm
UTEP Mike Loya Academic Services Building, El Paso, TX
Chica Power Fest is a girl empowerment conference featuring inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and a teen resource fair on the topics of girl power, confidence, body image and leadership. The event is hosted by Latinitas & Women in Business Association and is open to girls 9 to 18.  The focus of the event is to encourage girls to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves, promote healthy lifestyles and make wise decisions. Inspiring guest speakers will help girls learn about issues girls face and discover real solutions on how to overcome these challenges. The event will feature informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers, panelists, booth fair and multimedia presentations led by local female leaders on topics such as body image, confidence, peer pressure, media literacy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural identity and bullying. An information fair will highlight booths featuring community groups and local youth resources. Pre-teen and teen girls will discuss the challenges facing girls today and explore positive ways to deal with stress through hands-on creative expression activities revolving around poetry, acting, photography, art and song. Girls will also enjoy dance performances, a fashion show and music entertainment. A limited number of scholarships are available and group discounts may apply. REGISTER ONLINE NOW.

CODE CHICA CONFERENCE - VIDEO GAME DESIGN! (AUSTIN, TX & surrounding areas)
April 18th, 2015 from 9 am-4:30 pm

Austin Community College Eastview Campus: 3401 Webberville Road, Austin TX
Over 47% of gamers are women, yet female heroes and stories in video games are hard to find. Girls will develop a video game from start to finish – first with art, some theater since video games are very cinematic and then to the development table to code the game. For girls ages 9-18. $15 for the day. Scholarships available.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW.

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – EL PASO, TX
March 7 from 10am to 2pm at 7000 Edgemere
Girls and moms are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day with activities promoting girl power, confidence and self-expression. The event features a film screening of short films about strong women leaders, a celebration of women in history as well as hands-on art, poetry and musical activities. The workshop is presented by the American Association of University Women and Latinitas. RSVP Now.

Board Spotlight: Jennifer Rodriguez

BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ

We would like to extend our deep gratitude to our Board Member Jennifer Rodriguez for her outstanding efforts as the Event Chair for our College Chica Conference. She serves as the Assistant Director of the UTEP Center for Civic Engagement where the coordinates service-learning programs for university students. The proud mom of two daughters is passionate about encouraging girls to focus on education, grow as leaders and develop confidence.


She was motivated to get involved in empowering young Latinas to help boost their confidence. “Young Latinas are facing many critical issues today but in my opinion, the most important is that of self-confidence/self-esteem. Lack of self-confidence/self-esteem in young Latinas can lead to a variety of problems and societal issues.”

 

She supports Latinitas efforts in “allowing for a safe place for young Latinas to discover their cultural heritage, beliefs, morals, network with others. This will allow for them to freely express themselves and discover who they really are. This will build the self-confidence needed to allow for them to positively grow and contribute to the public good,” she shared.

HWNT Scholarship

Latinitas is excited to partner with the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas for the HWNT Writing Contest & Scholarship.

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Applications are due on April 30. To download an application, submit the online form below or Download the HWNT Scholarship Application. Email HWNTEPScholarship@gmail.com. Mail applications to Post Office Box 971514, El Paso, Texas 79996.

Healthy Chica Tips

Healthy chicas share their top tips to staying healthy.  10897908_392721950899185_1479405010683390063_n

1. Focus on the Whole You
Being healthy not only means taking care of your physical health, but also focusing on your overall mental and emotional health as well.

  • “You not only have to focus on being physically healthy or good eating habits, but also being mentally healthy, emotionally healthy and physically.” -Ariana
  • “Being healthy by staying active and eating well will give you energy and it improves your emotional and physical being.”-Lesly
  • “Keep your body healthy both mentally and physically.” – Elizabeth

 

2. Stay Active
Teens should get 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day according to TeenHealth.gov. Staying physically active doesn’t necessary mean going to the gym or doing complicated exercises. Finding fun physical activities can make it easy to create a healthy habit.

  • “Stay fit so that you can feel good about yourself.” -Victoria.
  • “Exercising is healthy like volleyball, basketball, track, tennis and dancing.” – Ydaliz
  • “Go outside and get active for 60 minutes or more.” – Alyssa
  • “Exercise to keep your body healthy.” -Kiara
  • “Be more active to keep your body healthy.” – Ashley
  • “Exercise by doing zumba, yoga or even belly dancing.” – Abigail

 

3. Eat Healthy Foods

For a helpful guide on eating healthy, check out the MyPlate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Eat a balanced meal from different food group with half of your plate made up of vegetables and fruits, one-quarter of your plate should be grains and one-quarter protein.

  • “Eat healthy like veggies and fruit. Eat breakfast every day.  -Ashley
  • “Eat vegetables and fruits.  It is not good to eat junk food all the time, but it is okay to eat a little bit for it sometimes.” -Alyssa
  • “You should eat a lot of green vegetables and eat lots of colorful fruits to stay strong and safe.” – Natalie
  • “We should eat more healthy stuff then junk food.” – Kiara
  • You have to stay healthy and don’t eat a lot of junk food.” -Senorina

 

4. Be Confident & Take Care of Your Mental Health

Being healthy also means having a healthy body image.

  • “Don’t listen to what others think or say to you.” -Elizabeth
  • “You should also not compare yourself to other people and never give up on yourself.” – Victoria
  • “I’ve been struggling with my self-esteem for a while, but I learned how to stay healthy mentally and physically. I know that I’ll eventually learn how to be content with me and my body.” -Ariana
  • “You shouldn’t criticize yourself or compare yourself to other people.” – Senorina
  • “Don’t think negative about yourself and love who you are.” -Elizabeth

 

5. Make Healthy Choices

Make sure that you stay away from toxic substances from smoking to alcohol and drugs.

  • “Don’t do drugs like alcohol or smoking.” – Ydaliz
  • “Smoking can cause a lot of bad stuff like it can cause cancer and it will cause a lot of problems.” – Kiara
  • “Don’t smoke. It can cause lung cancer.” – Avery
  • “Don’t drink alcohol. Too much beer can give you brain damage.” -Daniella

Chica Power Fest Promotes Leadership (El Paso, TX)

WHAT: Chica Power Fest is a girl empowerment conference featuring inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and a teen resource fair on the topics of girl power, confidence, body image and leadership.

WHO: The event is hosted by Latinitas, UTEP Center for Civic Engagement & Women in Business Association and is open to girls 9 to 18.

WHERE: UTEP – Mike Loya Academic Services Building

WHEN: Saturday, April 18, 2015 (9:30AM-3:30PM)

WHY: The focus of the event is to encourage girls to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves, promote healthy lifestyles and make wise decisions. Inspiring guest speakers will help girls learn about issues girls face and discover real solutions on how to overcome these challenges. The event will feature informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers, panelists, booth fair and multimedia presentations led by local female leaders on topics such as body image, confidence, peer pressure, media literacy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural identity and bullying. An information fair will highlight booths featuring community groups and local youth resources. Pre-teen and teen girls will discuss the challenges facing girls today and explore positive ways to deal with stress through hands-on creative expression activities revolving around poetry, acting, photography, art and song. Girls will also enjoy dance performances, a fashion show and music entertainment. A limited number of scholarships are available and group discounts may apply.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chica-power-fest-tickets-16163828446

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